Current Student/Alumni News

Current History Majors

David Blinka will be attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall.

Joanna Burgarino, a double major in History and English, won the library's research paper contest in the Freshman/Sophomore category. Her paper was entitled "Love, Lust, and Lechery: Primae Noctis and Interclass Relations in the Mid to Later Middle Ages."

Ben Du Montier has a summer school position with a strong possibility of a full time position teaching social studies in the fall.

Dan Nedset has decided to attend Marquette Law School next fall.

Alumni News

Cindy Borch will pursue graduate studies in East Asian history at UW-Madison.

Douglas M. Charles received his Masters degree from Marquette in 1997, and continued on to earn his Doctorate in U.S.-British intelligence history from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Charles is now an Assistant Professor at Marietta College in Ohio.

Jim DeBroux has been teaching World History at Random Lake High School in Wisconsin for the past seven years. On occasion, he reports, he still refreshes his memory by looking over his Western Civ notes from Fr. Zeps class. Over the past four years, dozens of his students have qualified for the state National History Day competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society, and seven have qualified for the national competition at the University of Maryland-College Park. He invites Newsletter readers to take a look at the on-line journal from last yearís competition:

Class of 1958 alum, Bob De Marco, now retired and living in Florida, just wanted to say: GO WARRIORS!

Tony Derezinski (class of 1964) was a follower of Fr. Prucha, and still sees him about every other year, with letters between.

Keri (Lindemann) Disch, class of 1997, is currently Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She recalls with fondness reading historical novels in Dr. Grahnís courses, and suggested that we put together a reading list of faculty favorites. In response to her request, please see the "Faculty Favorites" section of this newsletter.

William Evans earned his History B.A. in1969 and MBA in 1971. After a 30 year career in international business he is now on his second career as Head of Marketing for a French-American private business college (MBA Institute) in Paris, France. He has fond memories of his history professors; Dr. Wearing, Dr. McCaffrey and so many others.

After completing his dissertation with Dr. Julius Ruff in 1993, Ken Fenster began teaching at Georgia Perimeter College where he is now an associate professor specializing in sports history. His article "Earl Mann, Nat Peeples, and the Failed Attempt of Integration in the Southern Association" in Nine: A Journal of Baseball History 12 (2004): 73-104, won the McFarland-Sabr Baseball Research Award as the best article of 2004 in baseball history.

Dan Foley (class of 1989) is currently a reinsurance broker for Aon Corp in Chicago and married to another MU graduate (though not a history alum). He fondly recalls Dr. Martenís military history course (and the David Letterman-like video of Civil War weapons being fired at fruit and other odd objects), which inspired him to read the Shelby Foote series and visit many Civil War sites. He also wanted to tell Dr. Zupko that all Marquette grads remain on the lookout for split infinitives!

James S. Frey (B.A. 1960), president of Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. In Milwaukee, is chairperson of the board of directors of the professional section for Admissions Officers and Credential Evaluators (ACE), a division of the European Association for International Education. A member of the ACE Board since 1999, Jim is the only non-European ever elected to this board.

Laura Gellott received her B.A. (1974) and M.A.(1976) degrees in History from Marquette. She is currently a professor and chair of the Department of History at UW-Parkside in Kenosha.

Margaret M. (Peggy) Hanley, class of 1970, wrote to say hello.

Edward Klein was commissioned through the AROTC into the Military Police Corps after graduation in 1962. He returned to MU, completing his M.A. in 1968, and then taught at West Bend High School for eleven years. He left teaching for a position in Federal Protective Service, a government agency that provides security at U.S. government buildings. He worked as a Physical Security Specialist in Detroit, Chicago and finally Milwaukee. He became a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and in June of last year, was granted a lifetime designation as a CPP. Although he retired from the government in 1997, he still on occasion gives advice on security matters.

Stephen Leahy is currently a Senior Lecturer teaching history at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and the Online Program. He is also Recording Secretary of the Polish American Historical Association, and editor of the PAHA Newsletter.

Upon graduation in 1964, Linda Locke began teaching at Pulaski High School, Milwaukee, and married Larry Locke, MU Liberal Arts/Journalism (class of 1965), who had served as editor of the Marquette Tribune. After moving to the New York Metro area, she earned an M.A. from C. W. Postís School of Library Science, Long Island University, and began working in public libraries, where she enjoyed buying history books for their collections. Presently she is Director of Public Relations for the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers in Westchester County, 20 minutes from New York City. This museum, with an art and history focus, is now making ready for its spring 2006 exhibition: Westchester: The American Suburb 1875-2000. The show will be accompanied by a book of 12 essays on aspects of suburban life that will be published by the museum and Fordham University.

Michael LaMantia, class of 1997, has been teaching high school physics since graduating from Marquette. He has discovered a close connection between history and physics, in that understanding how theories and principles were developed leads to a more complete understanding of the principles themselves. He continues to relate the "wonderful experience" he enjoyed at MU to his students.

James J. McGrath, IV, class of 1986, is a lawyer in Shaker Heights, Ohio, engaged in general practice, primarily in the areas of personal injury, contract, probate and real property law. He is also the Chief Prosecutor for the city of Garland Heights, and serves as Prosecutor and Legal Adviser to Bomb, Narcotics and SWAT units of a seven-municipality cooperative of police departments.

William OíConnor, class of 1971, has finally retired after 34 years in teaching - 19 years teaching history. Congratulations!

After completing his doctorate work with Dr. Theoharis in 1981, Kenneth OíReilly taught for 21 years at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. He has recently returned to Milwaukee, and hopes to have a new book out this year.

Joe Simonetti graduated from the history program in 1988 and currently is serving as Director of Housing Operations for Northwestern University as well as an adjunct lecturer in US, Latin America and Asian History at both National Louis University and Columbia College in Chicago. Joe just wanted everyone to know heís still alive!

Phyllis Soybel is currently an Associate Professor at the College of Lake County who recently published her first book, The Necessary Relationship: The Development of Anglo-American Cooperation in Naval Intelligence During the Second World War (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005). She credits this accomplishment to "the wonderful undergraduate and Master's education I gained at Marquette." She not only sends students Marquette's way (ones she is proud to give Alumni sponsorship to), but also to the Department.

Melissa Themar, class of 1999, graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin last May. She is now interning in Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida in Jacksonville and in July, will do a residency in Radiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She says hello to her advisor, Dr. Carla Hay.

Paul White reports that with his career marketing background and the fact that he graduated from MU with a B.A. in History, he decided some 21 credits ago to seek a Masters in History at Monmouth University in New Jersey. He recalls with fondness and respect Dr. Zupko one of his history professors many years ago at Marquette. (Note: Dr. Zupko retired in 2004)

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